Eagle View Elementary play on their newly-opened accessible playground, one of 101 provincially-funded playgrounds in B.C. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

New accessible playground opens at View Royal’s Eagle View Elementary School

Students overjoyed while faculty and parents feel relief

There’s a new playground in town.

Eagle View Elementary School is the latest recipient of an accessible playground, one of 101 new provincially-funded playgrounds.

“This playground is much better because more kids can climb and can walk across the ladder,” says Alina Carrie, Grade 5 student. “There’s so much more to do than just the slide and monkey bars.”

READ MORE: Parents push for new playground at Gordon Head Middle School

This playground was funded by a $105,000 provincial investment from the Playground Equipment Program. Since 2018, the provincial government has invested $10 million into new playgrounds. The program helps alleviate pressure on parent advisory committees to come up with all the funds for a new playground.

“It’s really wonderful to see all of our students being able to play together on our new playground,” says Susan Paquin, an Eagle View parent. “Without the generosity of everyone here today, we would not be celebrating this grand opening. We are proud to live in a province and be within a school district, that celebrates diversity and values inclusiveness.”

ALSO READ: New playground in View Royal’s Marler Park to be completed later this year

Playgrounds are funded based on greatest need.

The highest priority is given to schools without a playground, then to schools who have aging playgrounds. Any school district can apply for funding by sending a list of priorities in their capital plan submissions in June each year. Districts that didn’t receive funding this year may receive funding the following year if they apply.

In this case, Eagle View has an older playground that will remain on the premises.

“This playground was truly a team effort,” says Sanjiv Gahlon, vice-principal of Eagle View. “What a great example this playground is for showing what can be accomplished when we work together. I personally have watched our students enjoy this new playground and know it will continue to be a place where our students play, learn and grow.”

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com


@iaaronguillen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Eagle View Elementary play on their newly-opened accessible playground, one of 101 provincially-funded playgrounds in B.C. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Just Posted

T’Sou-ke First Nation mired in legal woes over gas station development

Claims and counterclaims leave sub-contractors unpaid

West Shore grieves loss of a ‘bright light’

Scott Manning was a well-known principal, friend and community member

Quadriplegic Saanich man seeks continuity of home care from Island Health

Island Health took over home care services in November

Two new hybrid BC Ferries ships christened with new names in Victoria ceremony

Island Aurora and Island Discovery will service Gulf Island and North Island routes

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

Province shows no interest in proposed highway between Alberta and B.C.

Province says it will instead focus on expanding the Kicking Horse Canyon to four lanes

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officer says

Three other cases are symptom-free and expected to test negative soon

GUEST COMMENT: Chamber clears up a few misconceptions

‘We are committed to continually improving the chamber,’ says president

Island wildlife rescue centre sees 9 poisoned birds since January

MARS trying to fundraise for ‘rigorous and expensive’ lead poisoning treatment

Most Read